UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital Debuts New Mobile PET/CT Scanner

UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital is debuting a mobile digital PET/CT scanner that delivers faster exam times, better image clarity, and reduced radiation doses.

The United Imaging uMI 550 is a state-of-the-art digital PET/CT scanner that can perform a whole-body scan in four bed positions within eight minutes. Due to its high speed and sensitivity, the machine produces less radiation and provides an enhanced visualization of small lesions with exceptional image quality.

“We are thrilled to bring the newest technology to Dubuque so we can continue to take the best care of our community,” said Charlye Jenkins, Radiology and Radiation Oncology manager of the Wendt Regional Cancer Center at Finley Hospital. “Along with the many technical benefits, this new machine also offers enhanced patient experience and comfort during their exams, which will be great for our patients.”

Patients can select sound and lighting to fit their mood for a personalized experience, which includes skylights, murals and an integrated music system.

A PET/CT scanner combines the functional information from a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) exam with anatomical information from a Computed Tomography (CT) exam in one single exam.

A PET scan detects changes in cellular function – before physical changes even occur, which allows a physician to make an early diagnosis. Combined with a CT, which takes cross sectional images of the body, the scan allows a doctor to provide anatomical details of the metabolic changes occurring.

“United Imaging designs our technology to achieve our mission of Equal Healthcare for All,” said Jeffrey M. Bundy, Ph.D., CEO of United Imaging Healthcare Solutions. “This helps healthcare providers like Finley Hospital accomplish their own missions. We deliver our portfolio with standard fully-equipped configurations to ensure the same high-quality imaging in academic centersand rural settings alike.”

Shared Medical Services (SMS) of Wisconsin is helping bring this new technology to Finley Hospital. Through a strategic collaboration with United Imaging, SMS is the first in the United Statesto offer a mobile digital PET/CT unit.

To learn more about United Imaging and the uMI 550, click here.

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